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face orientation [message #61071] Wed, 30 January 2013 16:55 UTC Go to next message
avatar tivnanr  is currently offline tivnanr
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I just uploaded a dae file I made in sketchup, and noticed that a few outward faces were not the same as the rest of the model. I know you can reverse faces in sketchup, but is that necessary for 3d printing?
Re: face orientation [message #61087 is a reply to message #61071 ] Thu, 31 January 2013 00:23 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar denali3ddesign  is currently offline denali3ddesign
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Yes, it is best practice to orient all faces before uploading. Shapeways has an excellent internal tool for fixing meshes that may take care of the problem, but why risk it? Its simple in Sketchup....just right click a correctly oriented face and choose "Orient Faces".

If you use a Sketchup file for printing on a home printer or just about anywhere else, you will need to orient the faces correctly, so its best to just get in the habit. Smile

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Re: face orientation [message #61165 is a reply to message #61071 ] Fri, 01 February 2013 07:37 UTC Go to previous message
avatar Fredd  is currently offline Fredd
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Creating a nice looking model is an art. Creating one to print takes it to a higher scale.Give it love, lol.

Have any questions regarding Blender, and need fast answers, you are always welcome at the IRC Server Freenode, channel #blender. As a bonus, several there have experience in modelling for 3D prints.


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